Film adaptation of Anton Chekhov's story of life in rural Russia during the latter part of the 19th century. An aging actress Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Sorin and son ... See full summary »
Spanning nearly 40 years from 1925 to 1964, two Texas farm boys; straight-arrow Gid and laid-back Johnny fight over the affections of the beautiful and headstrong Molly Taylor, who ... See full summary »
Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman is unhappily married to Beatrice and unconsciously in love with Catherine, the niece that they have raised from childhood. Into his house come two ... See full summary »
At an exclusive boys' school, a new gym teacher is drawn into a feud between two older instructors, and he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems.
A TV producer who is the mistress of her boss, tries to have him make their relationship more permanent, and begins a relationship with a younger man. When her boss hears of this, he tries ... See full summary »
It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film documents the years ... See full summary »
In 1944, Kay and Jane travel on an overnight train from Miami to New York, accompanied by Harry. Kay is the mistress of "The Man", a rich industrialist, whom they are to meet so that they ... See full summary »
Myrtle Kane and Jeb Thornton meet in the audience of a New Orleans based game show. On Myrtle's initiative, they are chosen as contestants on the show, on the host's assumption that they meet the required contestant profile: being a happy engaged couple. In order to win the special $3,500 cash prize from the show, they have to get married on the air, to which they both agree. The more exuberant Myrtle is the only surviving member of the Mobile Hot Shots, a five piece girls band from the city of the same name. She sees being married to Jeb just the next big adventure in her life. She does however truly begin to believe she loves him, or at least love the thought of being married. The outwardly more subdued Jeb wants to use his portion of the money to restore Waverley, his now run down family plantation located on the Mississippi River floodplain in Louisiana, to its former "Confederate" glory. He lives there reluctantly with his biracial half-brother Chicken, who he hates for not being... Written by
This is clearly lesser Tennessee Williams, and must be seen to be believed. Lynn Redgrave's character and James Coburn's character get married on a TV show (despite the fact that they barely know each other) and return to his family's derelict plantation. The only other occupant is his half-brother (Hooks). The action of the film involves Redgrave going back and forth between the two men while they flash back to scenes of their dissolute past. All the while, the river is threatening to overrun its banks. That's it. That's the film. I like Williams' major works as much as most people, though to be honest, I usually prefer the "cleaned up" Hollywood versions of his stories, not because of the sanitized plots but because of clarity. But lesser-known plays like "Seven Descents of Myrtle" (on which this film is based) and "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" (on which "Boom!" is based lack even the compelling elements of his more familiar dramas. When producers tried to cash in on Williams's good name by buying up everything he ever did, they ended up making puzzling junk like this.
33 of 40 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?